Associate Professor, LS Faculty
Professor Mora's principal research interests focus on the historical construction of race, gender, and sexuality in the U.S. His book Border Dilemmas explores how the first generations of Mexicans living in the United States grappled with the racial and national ideologies that circulated along the nineteenth-century border. He currently has two major research projects underway. The first explores the relationship between African Americans and Mexican Americans in the early-twentieth-century urban Midwest. He also is writing a history of the fictional character of Zorro from 1919 to the present. The iconic character serves as a means of tracing changing representations of Mexican Americans, historical memory, and U.S. regionalism.
Mora has served in a number of departmental administrative positions; currently serves on Michigan’s Rackham Humanities Diversity Committee; and also on the Executive Council of the National Latina/o Studies Association. Before joining the University of Michigan, Mora previously taught history at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Mass. Mora teaches courses on Mexican American history, Latina/o history, and the history of sexuality.
- Faculty: Department of American Culture (AC), Latina/o Studies (LS)
- Faculty: Department of History
- Woodrow Wilson Junior Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship for 2010-2011
Field(s) of Study
- 19th-century United States
- historical construction of race, gender, and sexuality in the U.S.
- Mexican-American history
- Latino/a history
- the history of sexuality